The SDG AcademyEducational Resources from the World's Leading Experts on Sustainable Development
The SDG Academy (formerly known as SDSNedu) is an initiative of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network to create and curate free, graduate-level online courses on sustainable development. We bring together the world’s foremost experts to offer a comprehensive core curriculum on issues integral to the sustainability of our planet – including health, education, climate change, agriculture and food systems, sustainable investment and other related fields.
As a massive open online education platform, the SDG Academy’s courses are fully interactive, so you can meet, debate and learn from both our global faculty of sustainable development experts and your fellow students.
Learn more about the SDG Academy in the video below, and check back here for information on available and upcoming courses.
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Spring 2018 courses are open for enrollment
Launching February 5: Natural Resources for Sustainable Development
Launching March 1: Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace
And closing soon…
University Partnership Program
The SDG Academy is pleased to announce its new University Partnership Program, providing universities and academic institutions with privileged access to the SDG Academy course materials to tailor and use in their own education programs. More information can be found here on our FAQ page.
Applications are currently closed as of January 2018. Check back here and on the University Partnership Program page for updates on applications later in 2018, and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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The SDSN Association, an independent non-profit organization that was set up to support the work of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), hosts the SDG Academy and is made up of a dedicated team of professionals who are committed to the idea that sharing knowledge can change the world.
Chandrika Bahadur is the Director of the SDG Academy. From 2008-2011, she was advisor to the chairman and managing director at Reliance Industries. There, she helped set up Reliance Foundation, a nonprofit philanthropic foundation focusing on areas of education, health, rural development, and urban renewal.From 2001-2008, Chandrika worked with the United Nations in different roles. In her last assignment, she was a Policy Advisor at UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy in New York, working in Africa to help Ministries of Finance and Planning align their strategies to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) across 20 countries. From 2003-2006, she was part of the leadership team of the UN Millennium Project, an advisory group convened by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to recommend strategies for the MDGs. From 2001-2002, she worked on trade and HIV and AIDS programs at the United Nations. She has prior teaching experience at Harvard University and Columbia University.
Chandrika holds a Master’s degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a BA (Honours) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.
Head of Online Education
Megan Cassidy is the Head of Online Education of the SDG Academy. Prior to joining SDSN, she worked with the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute as a program manager, providing policy research and analytical support to national governments on challenges of economic development and poverty alleviation. Originally from Arizona, Megan moved to New York City as a Teach for America corps member, and from 2006 to 2011, she worked an elementary school teacher and school data specialist for the New York City Department of Education in the South Bronx. She holds a Master’s degree in Development Practice from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, a Master’s degree in Education from Pace University, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona Honors College.
Jessica Scott is an Education Manager at the SDG Academy. Prior to joining SDSN, she completed a Master’s of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. While there, she developed expertise in complex systems thinking, focusing on the intersections of climate change and conflict, early childhood development and resilience, and sustainable development and peace. Prior to Yale, Jessica co-directed the Institute on US Foreign Policy and directed the C2C Fellows sustainability leadership network, both at Bard College. In addition to her Master’s degree, Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University.
Jay Neuner is the Communications Manager for the SDG Academy. Their previous experience centered on marketing and communications for the tech industry in Silicon Valley, specializing in ICT and enterprise technology. They have represented multiple companies leading the Fortune 500, including Microsoft, Intel and Mercedes-Benz. Prior to this work, Jay attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Communication and a specialization in Journalism & Mass Communication.